Alabama Construction News

OCT-DEC 2017

Alabama Construction News is the states only bimonthly magazine dedicated to the commercial construction industry.

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8 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS OCT-DEC 2017 BUILDING ALABAMA | PROJECTS OWA IS INSPIRED FROM THE MUSCOGEE CREEK LANGUAGE AND MEANS "BIG WATER," AND IT'S MAKING A BIG IMPACT ON ALABAMA'S GULF COAST. OWA is a family-friendly retail, dining and entertainment destination located in Foley, Alabama. Solely owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, OWA officially opened in July. It features the 21-ride Park at OWA, which is just one part of a 520-acre development and is conveniently situated near the Beach Express. The Park is one piece of what is a $260 million investment that includes plants for restaurants in a downtown district. Thus far, Wahlburgers restaurant chain has announced plans for a restaurant in the district. Also included is a 150-room Marriott TownePlace Suites, which also opened in July. More restaurants and shops are expected to open in late 2017. The first major non-gaming development through the Creek Indian Enterprise Development Authority, OWA was created as a joint venture with the city of Foley and the Foley Sports Complex. The property itself includes 16 athletic fields and a new 91,000-square foot indoor events center. Several ABC of Alabama members were involved in construction of OWA, including LBYD Engineers, which won an Excellence in Construction Award for the project. OWA

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